Simon Stead has been told he will not be included in Swindon Robins' 2013 line-up

Last Updated: 25/11/12 5:16pm

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Simon Stead: Won't be back at Swindon in 2013

Simon Stead: Won't be back at Swindon in 2013

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Elite League champions Swindon Robins have confirmed Simon Stead will not be in their line-up next season.

Team boss Alun Rossiter and co-promoter Gary Patchett have worked though numerous permutations as they look to make a strong title defence next year, and Stead's departure is one of the toughest decisions they have taken.

Rossiter said: "It's never nice to tell a rider he's not required for next year, especially one who has been loyal to the club as Simon has been, but we have decided to go in a different direction with our team-building.

"I would like to thank him for his services to Swindon over the last four years, and we hope he'll get fixed up elsewhere quickly.

"We've already had other clubs on the 'phone enquiring about him and we wish him all the very best. It was a very difficult decision especially after the way we won the Grand Final, but these things do happen in speedway."

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